Wednesday night we invited Zhanna over for dinner with the Elders. She was thrilled to have them there. They visited with her for some time to find out her knowledge of the gospel, when she was baptized and all sorts of things we didn't know. We had a testimony meeting with her that was wonderful. They all spoke in Russian and the Elders took their turn translating for us. She even made a sign for them that said "Elders, Welcome to Astana!" It was a wonderful evening!
Since the Elders had not been out all week (except to the store across the street from our apartment) and couldn't go because they didn't have their visas, we decided to go out on Saturday and walk the river. Nathan and Heather and the kids went with us, too.
It was a beautiful day and the wind wasn't too bad. We bought some things for the Elders that they couldn't get in Russia which they were thrilled about! And Heather also bought some things she couldn't get in Sharbakti; so it was pretty profitable!
It was wonderful having the Jones family with us and Zhanna for Church! We loved having them with us this weekend and hope that they will be with us each month. We are already planning Thanksgiving!! After dinner, we went for a walk along the river and through the park. Such a wonderful family! We love them so much!
Keep praying for the missionaries and especially for the leaders of these countries that they will soften their hearts toward missionary work. We love being a part of spreading the gospel hear in the East European Area! Thanks for all the prayers!
Elder and Sister Welling